As U.S. crop sectors jostle for relief from Chinese tariffs, Oregon’s hazelnut farmers hope a recent visit from a top Chinese diplomat signals they aren’t being forgotten.
A University of Idaho Extension two-day workshop increases awareness of the importance of pollinating insects, the dangers they face and ways landowners can help.
JACKSON, Wyo (AP) — While wineries in California are spending money on giant refrigeration rigs to cold-stabilize their wine, Jackson Hole Winery just opens its doors.
Researchers at Washington State University are experimenting with fungi extracts to save honeybee colonies from the deadly "deformed wing" virus.
The U.S. Trade Representative has raised tariffs on European airplane parts instead of wine imports, sparing the American wine industry from 100% duties on imports.
Agricultural groups are working with members of the U.S. Senate on an ag labor bill that growers hope will bring relief from steadily increasing minimum wages for foreign guestworkers.
Oregon is bucking the global wine industry’s lackluster sales trend for now but its winemakers are not immune to the slump, according to an industry expert.
Behind the flurry of treats and blooms, there are human stories: of drug cartels, hail storms, border agents and beet seed breeders.
Members of the Oregon Winegrowers Association will likely elect a new board of directors sometime in 2020, pending changes to the organization's bylaws.
The gain from a reduction in fruit tariffs in China could be lost to coronavirus restrictions preventing fruit from getting to markets.
Cosmic Crisp apples are selling at top wholesale prices while other varieties struggle because of large volume. It’s the first year for Cosmic Crisp and its supplies are limited.
Adding habitat for ground-dwelling bees among opportunities available.
A Washington state Senate committee Thursday recommended partially banning chlorpyrifos, acting on the same day as California's prohibition on selling the pesticide took effect.
Members of the Northwest pear industry discussed the importance of ripening and conditioning programs for the fruit during Oregon State University Extension Service's winter horticulture meeti…
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho's wine industry won't have to store extra wine in neighboring states under proposed legislation that headed to the governor's desk on Wednesday.
Honeybees, worth almost $20 billion to American agriculture, are worth protecting — and a new biological weapon scientists discovered may help combat honeybees' main enemy, aptly named the var…
During a recent road trip, Greg Thorsgard noticed a scarcity of hazelnut products on the shelves of grocery stores he visited.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Dog detectives might be able to help save ailing citrus groves, research published Monday suggests.
Alireza Pourreza is exploring pathways to convert aerial images from drones that monitor crop fields into data that farmers can use.
Many in the U.S. wine industry rejoiced when France and the U.S. appeared to declare a temporary truce Jan. 20 in a trans-Atlantic dispute involving a wine tariff that, if levied, could have c…
Cherry growers from Hood River, Ore., to the Canadian border need to remove infected cherry trees or they could lose their industry, a scientist warns.
Washington State University has filed a lawsuit accusing a fruit packer and associated orchard company of violating its patent for an apple cultivar.
An apple processor in Washington has agreed to pay nearly $200,000 in addition to upgrading its stormwater treatment protocols to settle an environmentalist lawsuit.
Tim Newkirk of Canby, Ore., is considered one of the youngest farmers to win the prestigious title from the Nut Growers Society of Oregon, Washington and British Columbia.
China is more likely to buy pork and grains than tree fruit and has not agreed to lower a 60% tariff on tree fruit, the president of Northwest Cherry Growers says.
Legislation aimed at fixing some of agriculture's deepening labor woes would actually do little to benefit farms in the long term, according to attorney Leon Sequeira, a former assistant secre…
While Oregon’s hazelnut industry stands to gain from the first phase of the Trump administration’s trade deal with China, the specifics remain shrouded in mystery.
People learn through stories, said Michele Payn, a nationally recognized speaker and author on the food industry. And as the stories around food change, the way people think about food is chan…
Washington farmers and labor contractors would be presumed guilty of illegal retaliation if they disciplined workers who complained about work conditions or took part in union activities, unde…
The U.S. wine industry is bracing itself over the Trump administration's threat of a 100% tariff on European wine imports. Wine producers say the import tax could devastate their industry by …
The California Department of Food and Agriculture has amended its rules for importing cherries into the state, narrowing damages if fruit fly larvae are found at a Washington state packer.
The Washington state tree fruit industry is attracting out-of-state investment and ownership. The trend is expected to accelerate in the next 18 months.
A former Washington tree fruit nursery owner, Dena Ybarra, was heralded as cherry king of the year by Northwest Cherry Growers on Jan. 10.
BULANCAK, TURKEY — Cavit Ozdemir and his wife, Rukiye, have colonies of some 300,000 honeybees near their home in a village near the Black Sea coast.
FSMA, farmers' desire to stay field-focused, among factors
BLAINE, Wash. — As if life wasn’t hard enough for the honeybee, things just got worse with the appearance of a new hornet that can decimate hives.
The breeder of two red flesh apple varieties says he hopes in time they help grow per capital apple consumption.
Low snowpack in Washington so far this year recalls conditions leading up to the drought of 2015. Yakima Basin reservoirs are significantly behind in recharging.
Voluntary readiness reviews help producers comply on inspection
Chad Finn, who spent the last 26 years developing new blackberry, raspberry, blueberry and strawberry varieties for the USDA Agricultural Research Service in Corvallis, Ore., died Dec. 17 foll…
Washington growers are not happy with H-2A guestworker minimum wages going to $15.83 in Washington and Oregon, Jan. 2. It will be $13.62 in Idaho.
Washington’s new Cosmic Crisp apple is selling well at strong prices and a limited supply of about 460,000, 40-pound boxes likely will be all sold out of grocery stores in February.
Passage of USMCA in the U.S. House and expected passage next month in the Senate is huge for the Northwest tree fruit industry as Mexico and Canada are its top export markets.
U.S. hop production topped 100 million pounds in 2019 for a third record year in a row as the industry hopes consumption stays at a pace to avoid oversupply and a big drop in prices.
The California almond industry continues to grow and invests in research and sets goals for greater efficiencies in water, waste byproducts, pest management and harvest dust control.
Jana McKamey will take over as executive director of the Oregon Winegrowers Association on Jan. 1.
A farm labor bill that just passed the U.S. House makes the H-2A-visa guestworker program more expensive and rife for litigation, a farm labor association says.
A change in agricultural property tax law proposed by the Washington Association of County Officials would jeopardize farming, a Klickitat County farmer says.
DUNDEE, Ore. — Though the design of a wine label is considered a key element of its appeal to consumers, the Argyle winery doesn’t mind experimenting sometimes.
With chances of more apples into China uncertain, the Washington Apple Commission is increasing promotions in Vietnam, India and Indonesia.
A Washington legislative bill is being introduced to create a state specialty apple license plate to benefit the Washington Apple Education Foundation. It’s the idea of the tree fruit cooperat…
The U.S. House passed a farm labor bill, Dec. 11, that many hailed as a bipartisan compromise to ensure a reliable, legal workforce while opponents say it will be abused for amnesty. The bill …
Tree fruit growers in Washington state are happy with news that USMCA likely will pass the U.S. House next week. Growers discuss trade, labor, technology and research at their annual meeting.
A former Trump administration market analyst tells tree fruit growers USMCA likely will pass, that Trump will be impeached but not removed from office and that slower economic growth is coming.
Exports are increasing but domestic sales are sluggish as Washington markets a large apple crop.